Of Neptune – book review

Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Of Neptune is the stunning conclusion to the Syrena Legacy series, written by Anna Banks.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, along with her Syrena love, Galen, need some alone time together away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather suggests they explore the small town of Neptune. Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds, like Emma. Emma starts to realise that maybe her grandfather had a purpose when he decided to send her and Galen there. Perhaps he wanted to give her another option – to live in Neptune where she can finally fit in. But in the town also lives a charming Half-Breed names Reed, who can barley contain his feelings for Emma.

Galen and Emma soon discover that the people of Neptune want them to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling Syrena. It’s then that they realise they’re caught in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but also their ocean kingdoms.

Like the other two books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The start was grabbing and it seemed to grab my hand and draw me into the storyline smoothly and without any hitches. Sometimes when I read the next book in a series a few months after I’ve read the other books, it’s hard to get back into the story. That wasn’t the case with this book. The story flowed easily from the end of the second book to this one. I quickly remembered exactly what had happened in the last two books and I was again immersed in the magical world of Syrena. I was a little worried to read this book because although the other two books were amazing, I was scared that this book wouldn’t live up to the rest of the series. Which is stupid, I know. But I’ve encountered a few series with a fabulous first and second book, then a third book that simply didn’t give the series a good enough ending. Now when I look back on those particular series, I remember how bad the ending was and I can’t get over that. Thankfully, this certainly wasn’t the case with this book and I loved every second of reading it. I can definitely add this book to the list of books with great endings!
This book would certainly be my favourite one out of the whole series. I absolutely loved the plot. It was both action-packed and full of romance. It was great to meet Reed, a half-breed living in Neptune. He was sexy, witty and utterly irresistible. Although I’ll always love Galen, Reed seemed so normal and everything about him seemed natural that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. I loved the interactions between him and Emma. I must admit, Reed was unbelievably swoon-worthy! For a while, Emma spent her time wallowing in misery after something happened to her. I sort-of felt sorry for her, but mostly I just wanted her to take action and get on with working out what she was going to do to make things better. I loved it when she finally got her life back together and started doing something productive. Emma continued to grow as a person throughout this book and she became a lot more courageous as the story went on. Galen was his same amazing self. I loved how he’d never give up on something he believed in. He’d always persist and never give in, which was something I loved about him. At times it could be quite frustrating because that could mean something bad happening to him. The way this book was written meant I had a strong emotional connection to Emma and Galen and I felt both their pain and happiness.
The plot was really interesting. I knew from the start that a town full of half-breeds and Syrena was going to be something new and intriguing. But this book had a lot more action than I expected. I loved being in a new town with all new people and new scenery and I had to get to know people and think about whether they were all as nice and trustworthy as they seemed to be. Overall, this book exceeded my expectations and I completely loved reading it. The ending of this series is perfect and I couldn’t ever dream of having a more satisfying conclusion. I loved reading Of Neptune by Anna Banks and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read Of Poseidon yet, this is a really great series to get into! Highly recommended!

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Of Triton – book review

Of Triton book

Of Triton is the sequel to Of Poseidon, written by Anna Banks.

Emma has just found out that her mother is the long-lost Poseidon princess. But Emma isn’t a Syrena or a human. She’s a Half-Breed. Emma is considered a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Wherever she goes, she will be unwanted. But worse than that: in the Syrena world, the law states that Half-Breeds should be killed. With her mother a Syrena and her human father dead, Emma doesn’t know what to do.

When Emma’s mother shows up in the Syrena world below, the two kingdoms – Poseidon and Triton – turn against each other. Emma has to make a choice. Should she listen to Galen and wait on land where she’s safe? Or should she risk everything and reveal herself, along with her Gift, in order to save people she’s never known? Emma has a decision to make… and time is running out.

After loving reading Of Poseidon, I felt a little let down reading Of Triton. I had high hopes for Of Triton and I didn’t get what I wished for. Firstly, the story didn’t seem to grab me like the previous book did. I was interested in the beginning, but after a few pages, that fascination wore out. There wasn’t anything that really kept me reading this book, however I felt like I had to read it to see what happened in the end. But after reading all of it, I felt like I wouldn’t have minded if I had put it down. Most of the book was dull and unexciting and I wouldn’t have missed much if I’d stopped reading it. The humour that I loved so much in Of Poseidon was no longer there. The witty conversations between Galen and Emma were lacking. I also felt like there wasn’t enough “world building” for the Syrena world at the bottom of the ocean. I kind of had a vague idea of what this place was like, but I wanted a clearer picture. I think this book had too much about the rules of the Syrena regarding certain “Gifts” and “Half-Breeds”. Of Poseidon left me with lots of questions at the end, but I feel like Of Triton went into so much detail trying to answer these questions that I got a bit lost along the way. So many things were happening at once, but I didn’t feel connected to the story because of the overload of information. I liked reading the chapters from Emma’s point of view more than Galen’s chapters because it was easier to follow. Emma’s chapters were fun to read; yet I felt like I was trudging through waist-deep mud in Galen’s chapters. Galen’s chapters weren’t enjoyable to read and I think it’s because he’s not with Emma most of the time. I missed their funny conversations and I think Of Triton really needed that to keep me interested. I really don’t know what the next book will hold. I feel like there isn’t much more to tell about the Syrena world and I’ll be surprised if I end up finishing the next book. I didn’t really enjoy reading Of Triton by Anna Banks and I’d give it a score of 5 out of 10. If you’ve read Of Poseidon and want to read Of Triton, have low expectations; that way you won’t be as disappointed.

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing this book for me in exchange for an honest review!

Of Poseidon – book review

Of Poseidon book

Sweet, fun and entertaining… Of Poseidon is the first book in its series, written by Anna Banks.

When Galen, a Syrena prince, bumps into Emma (literally!), both teens sense a connection. With the exact same alluring violet eyes as himself, Galen can’t help but wonder if Emma isn’t an ordinary, accident-prone teenager she thought she was. But after seeing Emma single-handily fight a shark and win, Galen’s suspicions are confirmed. Emma isn’t human…

When the mysterious and gorgeous Galen shows up at Emma’s school, Emma’s life changes forever. Galen won’t leave Emma alone, determined to find out what she really is. As the pair tries to fight a growing attraction, they must work together to uncover the secrets of Emma’s heritage. Once Emma comes to terms with the fact that she isn’t who she thought she was, Galen must then convince her that she holds the key to his kingdom.

This book was a really fun and enjoyable read. The only other “mermaid” type series I’ve read is the Wake series, by Amanda Hocking. I loved that series, and I really hoped I’d like this series just as much. With a beautiful cover like this, I hoped for a book that was just as stunning. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve always been a bit sceptical about reading from two points of view, but Of Poseidon did this really well. The storyline flowed really nicely and it was always really clear from which point of view I was reading. The two points of view worked really well with this book because we needed to know what was going through Emma’s head, as well as see what Galen was doing when he wasn’t with Emma. Firstly, this book started with a real bang and grabbed me from the very beginning. I knew from the very first chapter that there was no way I was ever going to be able to put this book down. Emma was a really strong character. I felt like she was the type of person to aspire to be. She was determined and never gave up. I loved the spark in her and it made the story really interesting. I also loved her attitude. She had some awesome comebacks and it was great to see the relationship between her and Galen. Galen. Wow, how can I even describe how perfect Galen was? Galen never used to like humans, and so it’s fascinating to see him so spellbound by Emma! Although Galen was very dominant and tried to tell Emma what to do on many occasions, Emma wouldn’t always do what he said. It was hilarious to watch Galen in some situations because he wasn’t used to human rituals. I loved how Galen and Emma would act when they were together and I always looked forward to their conversations. The chemistry between Galen and Emma was just purely electric. I like having characters that aren’t exactly the same, because then it’s not as dull. I love it when two characters contradict each other! The plot was intriguing and I was captivated the whole way through. The pace was perfect and there wasn’t a single boring moment in the book. I loved reading Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, and I’d give it a score of 8.5 out of 10. I recommend this to everyone who loves fantasy, romance and a good laugh!

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing this book for me in exchange for an honest review!